Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 12/24/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Every Monday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-racist.  We count Karl Marx as a friend but are open to other voices from the left. The show includes analyses of global politics and economics, local grassroots activism, segments on the Left & the Law, and reviews of films, books, music, and theater. 

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Our theme song is the traditional "Mole in the Ground," sometimes performed by Clayton & Ernie, sometimes by Joe C,  and sometimes blended with other versions, like the one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.
 

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour @ gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

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Heather Mayer on Women & the IWW

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Norm Diamond talks with Heather Mayer,  the author of the just-published book, Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924.   Read more

Steven Beda on the labor history of timber workers in the PNW

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Norm Diamond talks with  Steven Beda, at the U of Oregon, about his research on the environmental and political history of rural working class communities in our region, with special attention to logging communities and the International Woodworkers of America (IWA). im... Read more

Amy Coplen on Burgerville workers' organizing

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Norm Diamond talks with Amy Coplen,  a Ph.D student at PSU, studying and participating in organizing among Portland’s food service workers, with a focus on the Burgerville campaign and so-called “progressive” employers. Read more

Organizing Lessons from Labor History

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Historians Heather Mayer, Steve Beda, and Amy Coplen talk with Norm Diamond about the importance of building community for strong labor organizing and what it takes to maintain a movement.  All four are involved with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. publ... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/18

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  In this Labor Day special, erstwhile mole and guest host Norm Diamond talks with three young labor historians who integrate environmental and gender concerns into their writing and their activism. Heather Mayer is the author of the just-published book, Beyond the Rebel G... Read more

Movie Moles: The Young Karl Marx

Airs at: Mon, 09/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement and Frann Michel review the 2017 film, The Young Karl Marx, written and directed by Raoul Peck (critically acclaimed creator of I Am Not Your Negro). The Young Karl Marx follows major events in Karl Marx's life in the 1840s when he turns from journalism to po... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour August 27th 2018

Airs at: Mon, 08/27/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Morris hosts this episode of The Old Mole, which includes these segments:   Bill Resnick talks with Hannah Holleman about capitalist agriculture and the destruction of land with chemical treatments to boost production. They also discuss mainstream alternatives... Read more

Hannah Holleman on Capitalist Agriculture

Airs at: Mon, 08/27/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Bill Resnick talks with Hannah Holleman about capitalist agriculture and the destruction of land with chemical treatments to boost production. They also discuss mainstream alternatives and the sustainble left program for growing food. Hannah Holleman is an activist teach... Read more

No on 105; Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice

Airs at: Mon, 08/27/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Desiree Hellegers speaks with OPAL organizer Maria Hernandez Segoviano about Measure 105 and the September 8 "Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice" National Day of Action, co-sponsored by Oregon Just Transitions.   Read more

Book Mole: Border Crossing

Airs at: Mon, 08/27/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Pat Barker’s novel, Border Crossing.  Published in 2001, Border Crossing investigates the crimes of particularly violent children, the notion of evil and the possibility of redemption.  Larry reports that it is a meticulously crafted novel... Read more